ORONO – NASA and the University of Maine are teaming up to send a satellite into space.
For the next few years, students at UMaine, the University of Southern Maine and a trio of K-12 schools will be working together with NASA to send a satellite into space.
NASA’s CubeSat Launch Initiative will have the students designing and engineering the satellite that will collect data from its eventual journey into the Earth’s orbit.
“The students will have ownership of this project, not only the graduate students, undergraduate students at the University of Maine. We also involve high school and middle school kids in some of our meetings,” UMaine professor Ali Abedi said.
“We bring them on board because they are the science advisors to our projects, so we want to make sure everybody is included. We want to try and build it together as a team,” Abedi said.
After the satellite’s trip in space, all the data will be transferred back to UMaine and made available to middle and high schools.
Maine’s satellite project is one of 18 research projects in the country selected by NASA.
So for the students involved, he said this experience is invaluable.
“Everybody will have high GPAs and everybody will have good resumes but these are the sort of things that makes you employable. On the other hand for the high school and middle school, when you are studying math and science, now you can see where they can be useful,” Abedi said.
The project has received more than half a million dollars for funding for the next three years.
He said currently the schools are recruiting undergrad and graduate students and he expected within two years the satellite can be built.